More Dental Oddities

Several new concepts to add to our ever-growing list of weird dental products: Bluetooth in Your Tooth? Our last post on weird dental products featured a Bluetooth mike that can be implanted in a tooth – presumably for people who like to talk on the phone a lot. Now an article in the latest issue …

Another Way Stress Affects Your Dental Health

When you’re stressed, you feel it.   JD’na/Flickr   Your neck, shoulders and back may get tight. You may have nagging headaches. Your stomach may churn or feel like lead. It’s a whole body experience. And according to a new study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, it affects your mouth’s periodontal tissues – …

Biofilm-Fighting Cool Plasma and Other News of Note

Wiping Out Tooth Infections: Cool Plasma Packs Heat Against Biofilms (ScienceDaily) Though it looks like a tiny purple blowtorch, a pencil-sized plume of plasma on the tip of a small probe remains at room temperature as it swiftly dismantles tough bacterial colonies deep inside a human tooth. But it’s not another futuristic product of George …

Raw Foodism, Dental Cavities, Shades of Graze

We regularly see new clients who eat a raw food diet to enhance their health. Yet when we examine their teeth, it is not uncommon to find a lot of decay. This often comes as a surprise to the client. Indeed, it seems counterintuitive when you consider that a raw food diet forgoes all processed …

Biofilm Build-up: Are You Disturbing?

What do a stagnant pond, Clearly Ambiguous/Flickr a grimy shower krossbow/flickr and your teeth ozma/flickr all have in common? They are all places where biofilm thrives. Gross, we know. But strictly speaking, that “fuzz” you sometimes feel on your teeth is a biofilm. Dentists used to call it “plaque,” thinking it was a single substance …

Eat Sugar – Support Your Local Dentist

An irresponsible headline and lead, courtesy of the LA Times: It’s candy season so let the kids indulge It’s that time of year. The haul of Halloween candy kicks it off, and close on its heels are Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. Here’s some surprising advice from a pediatric dentist: Let them stuff their little …

To Bleach His Own: Retail Tooth Whitening

You’re going to the mall. You need some new shoes, say, or a gift for a friend’s birthday, or maybe…get some cosmetic dentistry done?   Strolling through the Riverchase Galleria you may be tempted by a  number of impulse purchases. Here’s one right here; a cosmetic teeth whitening kiosk to brighten your smile in just …

Video: What Happens to Your Teeth After You Clean Them?

The oral bacteria set to recolonizing and biofilm – the stuff we used to call “plaque” – starts to form. Check it out: “In vitro simulation of biofilm forming on enamel surface as human saliva is pulsed over an initially clean surface”